The accused pleaded for an out-of-court settlement.
Two men, Muyideen Jubril and Lanre Sofela, were on Wednesday arraigned before an Abeokuta Magistrate Court for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.
The men were accused of conspiring on November 8 at about 8.00 p.m. to rape the victim, an apprentice fashion designer. They face a two-count charge at the court for the crime; which if proven is punishable under the criminal code of Ogun State.
The charge sheet with reference number MA/703c/2013 reads: “Muyideen Jubril (23) and Lanre Sofela (22) on the 8th of November, 2013 at about 8pm at Ago-Oko, Abeokuta in the Abeokuta Magisterial District did conspire together commit felony to wit; rape and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the criminal code,vol 1 laws of Ogun State of Nigeria,2006.”
The counsel to the accused, Gani Ogunsawo, said his clients were tempted. He said the first accused and the victim were in a relationship before the incident, and were expected to get married later. He also said the second accused, Mr. Sofela, was only sent on an errand to call the victim and needs not be charged to court.
Mr. Ogunsawo said an out-of –court settlement was ongoing between the families of the victim and suspects.
He appealed to the judge to grant his clients bail arguing that the offence is bailable. He assured the court that the accused would not jump bail.
The judge, Martins Akinyemi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction and must also present a sworn affidavit.
He adjourned the case to February 13, 2014.
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